Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Year in Reading 2015

15666 pages.  42 pages a day.  about 1/3 less than in 2014.  That's sort of disappointing, although 15000 is more in line with the high end of what I read on average in a year.  And my average rating was 7.35, off by .04 from the previous year, so perhaps I should celebrate consistency.

This is always a good time to review what I rated wrong, however.  I'd push Wytches (a graphic novel) down.  In retrospect, I didn't really enjoy it.  Ditto for Afterworlds and Mort(e), although I enjoyed Mort(e) as something different.  I'd add that the Corum books aren't really a 9 by any sort of unbiased standard - I just really like them personally and they take me back to my youth when I'd ride my bike to the flea market to buy 10 books for a dollar, or to the library in Monticello to load up.

I had a lot of 1's, which really hauled down the average because I read some exceptional books this year.  Sixth Extinction, City of Sin, Chicks Dig Gaming, Smekday, You're Never Weird on the Internet, Sex on Earth, Last of the Doughboys, What If, and at least two tech-related books.  There's a pattern there - I'm having much more luck with non-fiction than with fiction. Revival by Stephen King and Smekday being exceptions. I picked up Smekday at Uncle Hugo's because I needed something to read in case I had to wait for Kyle before our tour of the Sears Building Neighborhood after I biked up there.  I had no ideas it was a movie (Home) and Eryn and I later watched the movie.  The book is a thousand times better than the movie.  Revival might not be everyone's cup of tea (the average on Amazon is a 4 out of 5) and the fact that many Stephen King fans hate it (per the reviews) is probably why I like it - I'm a sucker for a good Cthulhu story.  I won't argue that it could have been a short story instead of a big book, but if you're reading King you're generally accepting that a lot of pages come with the story.

Here's the list from 2014 and I'll note that Mira Grant's Parasite STILL makes me angry.  It was on a "things you should read in 2015" list I was using to create a 2016 Amazon wishlist and gave me flashbacks.

Btw, if Justinian gets out here and wonders where Iron Heel is, I had 10 pages left (seriously), so it goes on the front of the 2016 list.

Books Read 2015
12/21/2015 Lucky Peach (Issue 17, Winter 2015) 7.00
12/20/2015 Sixth Extinction, The: An Unnatural History Kolbert, Elizabeth 9.00
12/13/2015 Armada Cline, Ernest 1.00
12/5/2015 Michael Moorcock's Elric Vol. 2: Stormbringer Julien Blondel (Moorcock, Michael) 1.00
12/3/2015 Michael Moorcock's Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne Julien Blondel (Moorcock, Michael) 1.00
12/1/2015 Number of the Beast, The Heinlein, Robert A. 8.00
11/22/2015 Secondhand Souls (sequal to A Dirty Job) Moore, Christopher 5.00
11/18/2015 Oak and the Ram, The (Corum 5) Moorcock, Michael 8.50
11/16/2015 Bull and the Spear, The (Corum 4) Moorcock, Michael 8.50
11/15/2015 New 52, The: Futures End (Volume 3) Azzarell, Brian 1.00
11/10/2015 New 52, The: Futures End (Volume 2) Azzarello, Brian 4.00
11/5/2015 Building Microservices Newman, Sam 9.00
11/5/2015 Little Printf, The (Why Do We Code?) Hebert, Fred 7.50
11/3/2015 Nemesis Games (The Expanse, book 5) Corey, James S.A. 8.00
11/1/2015 Critical Failures (Caverns and Creatures Book 1) Bevan, Robert 3.00
11/1/2015 Justice League Dark: Volume I Milligan, Peter and Mikel Janin 1.00
10/31/2015 Dragon in the Sword, The (Eternal Champion 3) Moorcock, Michael 7.00
10/31/2015 Agile Metrics in Action Davis, Christopher W. H. 8.00
10/28/2015 Lucky Peach (Issue 16, Fall 2015) 6.50
10/27/2015 Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (collection) Adams, John Joseph (editor) 8.00
10/26/2015 King of the Swords, The (Corum 3) Moorcock, Michael 9.00
10/24/2015 Queen of the Swords, The (Corum 2) Moorcock, Michael 9.00
10/22/2015 Knight of the Swords, The (Corum 1) Moorcock, Michael 9.00
10/5/2015 Phoenix in Obsidian: Being the Second Book of the Eternal Champion Moorcock, Michael 8.75
10/3/2015 New 52, The: Futures End (Volume 1) Azzarello, Brian 7.00
10/3/2015 Eternal Champion, The: A Fantastic Romance (1) Moorcock, Michael 8.75
10/1/2015 Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection - Volume 3 Way, Daniel 7.50
10/1/2015 Wytches: Volume 1 Snyder, Scott 7.00
9/15/2015 True Meaning of Smekday, The Rex, Adam 9.00
9/1/2015 You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) Day, Felicia 9.00
7/13/2015 City of Sin: London and Its Vices Arnold, Catharine 9.50
6/25/2015 Afterworlds Westerfeld, Scott 7.50
6/1/2015 Chicks Dig Gaming: A Celebration of All Things Gaming by the Women Who Love It Valentte, Catherynne (editor) 10.00
5/28/2015 Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music Kidjo, Angelique 7.50
5/15/2015 Thief of Always Barker, Clive 7.00
5/1/2015 Confederated Justice Scott, Jim D 7.50
4/20/2015 Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection - Volume 2 Way, Daniel 8.00
4/15/2015 Sex on Earth: A Journey Through Nature's Most Intimate Moments Howard, Jules 10.00
4/10/2015 Holy Cow Duchovny, David 7.00
4/1/2015 Deadpool by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection - Volume 1 Way, Daniel 7.50
3/22/2015 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #69, March 2015) Various 8.00
3/22/2015 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #66, December 2014) Various 7.50
3/22/2015 Revival King, Stephen 9.00
3/18/2015 Mort(e) Repino, Robert 8.50
3/15/2015 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story Harris, Dan 8.25
3/14/2015 Zeus is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure Munz, Michael G 7.50
3/2/2015 Fortunately, the Milk Gaiman, Neil 9.00
2/20/2015 The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War Rubin, Richard 10.00
2/3/2015 Koko Takes a Holiday Shea, Kieran 7.50
1/25/2015 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #64, October 2014) Various 7.50
1/25/2015 American Born Chinese Yang, Gene Luen 9.00
1/25/2015 Rat Queens: Volume One: Sass and Sorcery Wiebe, Kurtis J. and Roc Upchurch 8.00
1/18/2015 PragPub: The Second Iteration (Issue #65, November 2014) Various 7.50
1/16/2015 Your Emails Are Bad and You Should Feel Bad Cards Against Humanity 7.50
1/15/2015 War of the Words, The (Adventure Classics) Wells, H.G. 8.00
1/15/2015 Acceptance: the Southern Reach Trilogy Book 3 Vandermeer, Jeff 7.25
1/14/2015 Your Code As a Crime Scene: Use Forensic Techniques to Arrest Defects, Bottlenecks, and Bad Design in Your Programs Tornhill, Adam 9.00
1/3/2015 what if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (by the creator of xkcd) Munroe, Randall 10.00

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